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Renewable energy the way to go
Renewable energy the way to go

Nedbank recently financed South Africa's first commercial floating solar farm. This innovative development was installed at Marlenique farm near Simondium, Paarl...

Issued by Nedbank Business Banking 12 Feb 2020

Christian Wiesener
#BizFinFocus: Exploring alternative sources of state income

Times are tough for the South African economy and this is further negatively affecting state finances with a significant deficit of several billion rands every month...

By Christian Wiesener 12 Feb 2020

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Financial fraud has gone mobile

Rapid expansion of digital channels, exploding growth in the number and types of devices, and reduced customer face time are making mainstream financial service providers and newer fintech companies vulnerable to online fraudulent activities...

11 Feb 2020

South Africa's debt picture is cause for Janu-worry
South Africa's debt picture is cause for Janu-worry

As we go through the traditional Janu-worry season, fretting about how to pay off our December bills, let's take a step back and look at the big picture...

By Compiled by FICO Head of C&R Bruce Curry and C&R experts at FICO, Issued by Britespark Communications 11 Feb 2020

Breaking borders: South African CAs and US CPAs to benefit from MRA
Breaking borders: South African CAs and US CPAs to benefit from MRA

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) have signed a mutual recognition agreement (MRA)...

Issued by SAICA 11 Feb 2020

How can businesses leverage off technology to save on costs and create business efficiencies?
How can businesses leverage off technology to save on costs and create business efficiencies?

How can businesses leverage off technology to save on costs and create business efficiencies? Jameel Khan, SAICA Project Manager Practice, takes a look...

By Jameel Khan, Issued by SAICA 10 Feb 2020

#StartupStory: Franc believes investing is for everyone
#StartupStory: Franc believes investing is for everyone

If you think that investing is only for the rich, you're absolutely wrong...

By Evan-Lee Courie 10 Feb 2020

Directors not liable to shareholders for decrease in share value
Directors not liable to shareholders for decrease in share value

In a recent hearing before the Gauteng High Court, Hlumisa Investment Holdings RF Ltd v Kirkinis 2019, the minority shareholders of a holding company attempted to use provisions of the Companies Act, No. 71 of 2008 (the Act) to claim damages from the directors of the company for the reduction in value of their shares...

By Janine Will 10 Feb 2020

Patricia Williams, tax partner at Bowmans and Saica Income Tax Act committee member
#BizFinFocus: More taxes needed, but there's little wiggle room

The minister of finance, National Treasury and the South African Revenue Services (Sars) are facing a challenging tax revenue environment...

By Patricia Williams 10 Feb 2020

Trump and Macron agreed to a detente in their trade spat.
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France-US skirmish over Amazon digital tax shows why the century-old international tax system is broken

France and the US have managed to avoid turning their recent trade skirmish into a war - for now...

By Ruth Mason 10 Feb 2020

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni
#BizFinFocus: Be prepared for the Budget Speech

South Africans spend more than they earn and with continuing depressed economic growth and a projected tax shortfall of R60bn for the tax year ending March 2020, things are likely to get worse before they get better...

By William Chuma 7 Feb 2020

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Many countries regulate e-cigarettes. South Africa should too

Opinions differ on how to regulate electronic cigarettes. But dozens of countries are taking action. In Africa, Kenya already taxes these products, and South Africa is preparing to follow...

By Laura Rossouw 6 Feb 2020

#StartupStory: Disrupting short-term insurance in SA
#StartupStory: Disrupting short-term insurance in SA

Solvency, a black-owned insurance solution, launched in January 2020 and is set to disrupt the short-term insurance industry in South Africa...

By Evan-Lee Courie 6 Feb 2020

Richard Rattue, managing director, Compli-Serve
Ethics drive trust more than competence

Ethics is considered three times more important to company trust than competence, according to the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer...

5 Feb 2020

Carbon tax is unavoidable, time to turn to analytics tools
Carbon tax is unavoidable, time to turn to analytics tools

As the 14th largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, South Africa has a pressing responsibility to drive a positive response to climate change...

5 Feb 2020

RCS acquires Edcon's in-store debtors' book
RCS acquires Edcon's in-store debtors' book

The Competition Tribunal has approved the takeover of the Edcon Store Card debtors book by consumer finance business RCS...

5 Feb 2020

Learn how to invest in early-stage startups
Learn how to invest in early-stage startups

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) has launched an early-stage startup investment online course in February 2020...

5 Feb 2020

5 reasons to insure your SME
5 reasons to insure your SME

Given the anticipated tough year ahead, it is essential that SMEs take the necessary precautions to adequately protect their businesses...

5 Feb 2020

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Understanding the evolving payments landscape

Digital and mobile technology is continually evolving and advancing, creating new ways to pay; from mobile wallets to peer-to-peer to digital currency, the modern payments landscape has evolved past simply cards and cash...

By Bevan Smith 4 Feb 2020

A session at Davos highlighted the consequences of capitalism. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images
Can capitalism solve capitalism's problems?

Capitalism is in trouble - at least judging by recent polls...

By Elizabeth Schmidt 3 Feb 2020

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Brexit: here's what happens next

Anyone imagining that the UK's withdrawal from the European Union today (31 January) might mean things will go quiet on the Brexit front, they are likely to be disappointed...

By Simon Usherwood 31 Jan 2020

Principa and Digemy partner to provide e-learning training to the financial services industry
Principa and Digemy partner to provide e-learning training to the financial services industry

Principa, a South African data analytics company, and Digemy, a Cape Town e-learning technology provider have announced a new partnership...

Issued by Principa 30 Jan 2020

What cover do you need this year?
What cover do you need this year?

If you are looking for a way to protect your financial security as a new year's resolution, we have a handy list to get you started...

Issued by MiWayLife 30 Jan 2020

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Fear spreads easily. That's what gives the Wuhan coronavirus economic impact

One way to count the cost of the Wuhan coronavirus is by how many people catch it, and then how many die. Another is the direct financial costs of public health measures to treat those infected and contain its spread...

By Ilan Noy 30 Jan 2020

Protecting your parents financially
Protecting your parents financially

If you find yourself supporting your parents or family members on your income, walking the financial tightrope means being able to balance taking care of those you care about without pushing yourself into debt...

Issued by MiWayLife 29 Jan 2020

$50m Standard Bank funding to boost CCBA Ethiopia expansion
$50m Standard Bank funding to boost CCBA Ethiopia expansion

Standard Bank has arranged and structured $50m in financing facilities for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa to support its expansion strategy in Ethiopia over the next five years...

29 Jan 2020

Manisha Chiman, executive head: liability underwriting, SHA Risk Specialists.
The painful reality of slip-and-trip insurance claims

The growing liability risks faced by South African businesses was once again highlighted by the R7.1m claim filed against Woolworths by a customer who stumbled and fell over a packing crate...

By Manisha Chiman 29 Jan 2020

New fintech startup aims to shake up SA home loans industry
New fintech startup aims to shake up SA home loans industry

Property finance expert Timothy Akinnusi has launched a digital home loan platform that aims to change the slow and cumbersome traditional home loan application process...

28 Jan 2020

Activist Greta Thunberg was among attendees who want the world’s leaders to prioritise fighting climate change.
AP Photo/Michael Probst
How CEOs, experts and philosophers see the world's biggest risks differently

We live in a world threatened by numerous existential risks that no country or organisation can resolve alone, such as climate change, extreme weather and the coronavirus...

By Christopher Michaelson 28 Jan 2020

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How fintechs are making Africa a leading global innovation hub

In a continent where over 60% of the adult population is unbanked and the financial sector is considerably underdeveloped, fintech has been a welcomed revolution...

By Josephine Wawira 27 Jan 2020

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